A place that features history, culture and modernity

Dresden is the capital of the free state of Saxony, which is situated in the Dresden Basin. The city stretches over an area of approximately 328 km² and currently has a population of 535.000 (2014). Dresden first appeared in records in 1206, however, archeological findings suggest even earlier settlements, dating back as early as the Stone Age. Dresden evolved to become an electoral, and later royal, residence and ultimately became the capital of the Saxon Republics. Dresden is also known as an arts and culture town and, even more importantly, a centre of technology. Dresden is home to an established network of science, economy and culture.

Dresden is also known as “Florence on Elbe”- a name it was originally given due to its extensive art collections, but also because of its Baroque and Mediterranean architecture as well as unique location in the Dresden Elbe Valley. Therefore, the oriental architecture as exhibited by the Yendize forms a strong contrast to the traditional architecture found in Dresden.


In 1886, the business man Hugo Zietz founded his oriental tobacco and ciga-rette factory in Dresden, named after the tobacco-growing area centred around a small town called Giannitsa, whose former turkish name is Yenidze.

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Dresden is famous for it’s numerous Baroque buildings, which characterize the town. For that Dresden also is known as “Elbflorenz“ (Florence of the Elbe).

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Dresden Friedrichstadt

The Yenidze is located in the East of Dresden’s district Friedrichstadt, which had been referred to as “Ostra” up until the 16th century.

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